Monday, July 14, 2014

It's Too Hot to Do Anything


It’s 7 pm and it’s still 103 degrees outside. At 4 pm it was 110. All I can say is thank god for the person who invented air conditioning. Wikipedia says it was Thomas Midgley, Jr who created the first non-flammable, non-toxic chlorofluorocarbon gas, Freon, in 1928 which led to the development of refrigerant cooling. Evaporative cooling came before that. Thank you Mr Midgley. I believe I owe you my life.


Anyhoot, without our AC I would surely be dead. It’s been hot like this for days on end. Hawaii is sounding better and better all the time. It’s decent from the time I wake up at 6 am until about 10 am and then it’s all over folks. I felt sorry for the dogs and let them in today. If I don’t they’re passed out asleep in the shade. We have good shade from a big Blue Oak in the back, I run the sprinkler for a while morning and afternoon and then there are two galvanized tubs full of water plus a small plastic kiddie pool. Yet, I still let them in the house. The one dog Teddy has amnesia or dementia because after a while of being in the house he is pounding on the front door to be let out. His mission to chase squirrels is undeniable. But he’s forgotten from the hour ago how hell-ish it was and now he wants to be let out again. If I thought it would make him sensible I would let him out and learn him his lesson but I’m darn sure it isn’t within his capacity. Sorry Teddy.
When I step out to deliver a frozen jug of water to the chicken coop it’s like walking around in an oven. I’m not exaggerating at all. The weather man promises cooler temperatures tomorrow and for the subsequent days. Hey, in the high 90’s is a categorical improvement but pardon me if I don’t get up and cheer. I’m trying to be in denial for now. It’s mid-July and we can expect the certainty of this continuing all the way into September. I’m not sure I can promise you that you won’t hear me complaining again.

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